Hans Hartung achieved international recognition as a seminal figure of Art Informel, which arose in France during the Second World War. Besides the apparent spontaneity of his distinctively bold and almost calligraphic gestural abstraction, rationalism equally informed his style out of an early interest in the relationship between aesthetics and mathematics, particularly the harmony of the golden ratio, but also out of necessity: he used to meticulously square up his successful abstract sketches in order to reproduce them onto larger canvases, which he couldn't afford to risk losing to improvisation. The Grand International Prize for painting, which he won at the 1960 Venice Biennale, marked a decisive turn in his practice. He began improvising directly onto canvas and experimenting with new mediums, namely fast-drying acrylic and vinyl paints, as well as scraping and spraying techniques. The quest for a balance between spontaneity and perfection remained at the core of Hans Hartung's painterly aesthetics until the end of his life, in 1989.
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Hans Hartung (1904–1989) was born in Leipzig, Germany, into a family where paintings and music were always present. He was the son and grandson of physicians: his father involved in pharmaceutical research.
German-French abstract painter Hans Hartung is getting his first major New York exhibition since 1975, when the artist was given a retrospective at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. It was panned by critics, notably The New York Times ' Hilton Kramer who asked: 'Why Hartung?' A selection of the late artist's work is currently on display in...
Galerie Perrotin will now represent the estate of Hans Hartung, the French artist associated with the Art Informel and Tachisme movements. The gallery, which has spaces in Hong Kong, New York, Paris, Seoul, and Tokyo, will showcase the painter's work at an Art Basel booth in June, staged in collaboration with London's Simon Lee Gallery.
Talk between Matthieu Poirier, curator of the exhibition, and Barbara MacAdam, ArtNews editor-at-large, on the occasion of A Constant Storm. Works from 1923 to 1989 at Perrotin New York. January 12–February 18, 2018 Hans Hartung Talk–Matthieu Poirier & Barbara MacAdam
Hans HARTUNG A constant storm. Works from 1922 to 1989 January 12–February 18, 2018 PERROTIN New York Film by Nikolaï Saoulski © 2017
HANS HARTUNG Curated by Matthieu Poirier Perrotin New York - January 2018 Film by Nikolaï Saoulski © 2017